Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)

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'X' In Afternoon received instructions from Corps. (Gen WHITE) to arrange to withdraw Division from the line on nights 24/25 25/26 & "Stand by" We hope this means we are to be sent to the great battle now waging down south. The original arrangement was for us to come out on Apl. 1/2 L'. Col. Hurst came here to Dinner. March 24 Beautiful Spring morning indiff vis Better news from the South during the night. Boche believed to be firmly held. A quiet night on our front. To Church parade at KEMELL [KEMMEL] men of 59 & 60th Bns. Afterwards with G.O.C. 15th Infy. Bde inspected 59th & 60th Bns in their quarters at ROSSIGNOL & RAMILLIES Camps. In Afternoon went with G.O.C. 15th Infy Bde to see L'. Col STEWART, temporarily commanding 14th Bde. with regard to misconduct on his part at KEMELL CLUB last Mon. he was alleged to have fought when under the influence of liquor one of his officers L'. DOUTREBAND (told me by Gen Tivey from information given him by Capt. WISDOM) L'. Col STEWART absolutely denies all knowledge of the charge or anything to give it color or foundation Gen SMYTHE called at 4.30 pm. to get particulars of the portion of the time taken over from our Div. The news to night of the fighting down South is very gloomy, but we shall put things right presently. March 25th Fine but dull, vis good The 2nd Div relieved our 2 right Bns the 1st Div our 2 left Bns last night. we also had a quiet night. The news form the South is very serious the Germans claim 30.000 prisoners & 630 guns. A message from G.H.Q however which has just arrived 10/30 is a little more hopeful. 'X' Gen Birdwood returned from leave by aeroplane in 65 minutes from England to Baalleill [Bailleul] [Page] 173